Share this @internewscast.com
Ramón Laureano drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Guards the lead before Emmanuel Clase notched his league-leading 42nd save.
CLEVELAND — Ramón Laureano drew a bases-loaded walk off Jacob Webb for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, sending the Cleveland Guardians to a 5-2 victory over the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
The Guardians scored three times in the bottom of the eighth — all charged to Cionel Pérez (4-2) — immediately after the Orioles tied the game with two in the top half. Bo Naylor’s run-scoring single and Gabriel Arias’ RBI grounder followed Laureano’s walk that plated Josh Naylor.
RELATED: More Guardians coverage from WKYC
Baltimore, which is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2016, holds a 1 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the division and for the best record in the AL. The Rays beat the Angels 5-4 earlier in the day.
Trevor Stephan (7-7) gave up two runs in one inning and Emmanuel Clase picked up his major league-best 42nd save in 53 opportunities for Cleveland, which has eight games remaining and trails first-place Minnesota by 8 1/2 games in the AL Central.
The Orioles trailed 2-0 until the top of the eighth, when they scored twice against Stephan. Ryan O’Hearn doubled in Adley Rutschman with the tying run, one batter after Anthony Santander brought home Ramón Urías.
Cleveland opened the scoring in the fifth with two runs off rookie Grayson Rodriguez. José Ramírez singled in Bo Naylor and a sacrifice fly by Josh Naylor scored Steven Kwan.
Rodriguez worked five innings, giving up two runs while striking out seven. It was his 22nd start since making his major league debut on April 5.
Hunter Gaddis started for Cleveland, allowing one hit in three innings. He was struck on the upper right calf by Rutschman’s liner, but remained in the game.
Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde managed his 700th career game, 699 of them with the Orioles.
IN THE MIX
Hyde is keeping a close eye on RHP Tyler Wells, who was optioned to the minors on July 30. The 6-foot-8 starter has pitched in 10 total games for Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie, posting a 5.52 ERA without a decision.
“He’s definitely an option for us down the stretch,” Hyde said.
Wells went 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 21 appearances before being sent down, winning just once in his final seven starts for Baltimore.
Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle (left shoulder inflammation) could return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible to be activated on Sept. 27. Mountcastle sat out six straight games with the ailment before being placed on the IL on Wednesday.
Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (right elbow sprain), who has been on the IL since June 14, is slated to start Sunday against Baltimore. Manager Terry Francona said McKenzie will be limited to 70 pitches in his first MLB game since June 10.
Guardians RHP Shane Bieber (5-6, 3.77 ERA) will be activated from the 60-day IL to take on Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (12-5, 4.17 ERA). The 2020 AL Cy Young winner last pitched for Cleveland on July 9, which was its final game before the All-Star break.